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Emory Peak, Big Bend National Park

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Emory Peak, located in Big Bend National Park, is the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. and the highest in Brewster County. The peak is named for William H. Emory, the chief surveyor of the U.S. Boundary Survey team of 1852. From the Chisos Basin the peak appears to be a minor ridge, while the summit of Casa Grande, one mile closer, seems to be much taller. From the west, Emory Peak is clearly visible as a point slightly higher than most of the mountain range.The peak can be reached by a moderate hike on a well-marked path across steep rocky terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 2500ft. The Emory Peak Trail is about long. Once at the base there is a semi-technical rock scramble to navigate before reaching the summit. No gear is needed for this climb although hikers should take great care. High-desert flora and fauna including alligator juniper, pinyon pine, mule deer, sotol, and Texas madrone may be seen along the trail. There are signs warning of mountain lions and bears.
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  • I hiked this a couple years ago with my cousins. I weighed about 280 pounds and I'm about 5'11. So I'm very obese lol. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. I was in pretty ok shape for...  more »
  • We hiked almost 17 miles for the 2 days backpacking in the trail. We camped at SW3 which, we were told is the best place to camp because of the sunset and the south rim a mile away. Day 2 is when we h...  more »
  • The hike up to Emory Peak is an incredibly strenuous one, even for experienced hikers. The views as you progress up the mountain are beautiful, and there are many rock formations to walk out on to cap...  more »

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Where to stay in Big Bend National Park

To spend the night in Big Bend National Park, pitch your tent in one of three developed campgrounds or bunk down in one of the rooms or cottages at the Chisos Mountains Lodge. Of the three campgrounds, Chisos Basin, known for colorful mountain sunsets, is easiest to reach. Rio Grande Village and Cottonwood, however, provide scenic settings of their own along the Rio Grande River. A few motels lie just outside the park, but options are limited. If you need a broader range of choices, consider staying in Marfa, a two-hour drive north of the heart of the park.
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